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Eloquent Rage
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower | Brittney Cooper
With searing honesty, intimacy and humor too, America’s leading young black feminist celebrates the power of rage. Melissa Harris Perry says: “I was waiting for...an author who wouldn’t forget, ignore, or erase us black girls as they told their own story and that of the race and the nation. I was waiting and she has come—in Brittney Cooper.” Michael Eric Dyson says: “Cooper may be the boldest young feminist writing today. Her critique is sharp, her love of Black people and Black culture is deep, and she will make you laugh out loud even as she kicks the clay feet out from under your cherished idols.” So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting. Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon. Eloquent rage keeps us all honest and accountable. It reminds women that they don’t have to settle for less. When Cooper learned of her grandmother's eloquent rage about love, sex, and marriage in an epic and hilarious front-porch confrontation, her life was changed. And it took another intervention, this time staged by one of her homegirls, to turn Brittney into the fierce feminist she is today. In Brittney Cooper’s world, neither mean girls nor fuckboys ever win. But homegirls emerge as heroes. This book argues that ultimately feminism, friendship, and faith in one's own superpowers are all we really need to turn things right side up again.
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I‘ve read a lot of great & informative books over the last few years that have helped me understand how exactly the mess we are in was formed, ingrained, and exacerbated...this one took all of that knowledge and discussed it and challenged it, taking it all to the next level. I‘m not sure if I would have appreciated this book at an earlier time without the background that came before, but it came at the perfect time for me.

All the stars!

cariashley Ooh, I‘ve got to move this one up in my audio queue. 3d
Weaponxgirl Love this one too! 3d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Great way to end this book...with Joy!

Chelleo Thank you for sharing this quote. It‘s exactly what I needed to hear. 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chelleo You are SO welcome... I felt that way when I read it too! 3d
Chelleo At this very moment I‘m listening to a Code Switch podcast episode titled Anger: The Black Woman‘s ‘Superpower‘ where they are interviewing this author. 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chelleo Awesome! I need to make more time to listen to more podcasts.... I always mean too, but then I listen to an audiobook or music instead. 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chelleo I bet it‘s very good, she read her audiobook and did a great job. 3d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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After this one I really need to circle back and finish White Rage by Carol Anderson which I put on pause when this one came up from the library after a long wait list.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I have to admit, I am still in some deep DEEP “white” lady denial at this statistic. He was just so repugnant during the debates and well, just as a human being for decades, I honestly find it easier to believe in much more substantial hacking (more than we will probably ever hear about), then that white women overwhelmingly preferred him.

https://navo-us.org/

Johanna414 Unfortunately, I know a ton of white women who voted for him... I can‘t understand it 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Johanna414 Ugh! And do they still love him? My father and brother still love him.🤦‍♀️ 3d
Johanna414 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa they sure do... I live in a very rural (redneck) area and I think he appeals to their prejudices- he‘s made it socially acceptable for them to be racist, sexist and homophobic so they think he‘s great. 3d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Johanna414 I live in a similar area, it‘s so beautiful geographically but can be very ugly too. I got a new neighbor last year and remember my relief that he also hated Trump. Meanwhile the guy down the road aways replaced his American flag on his flagpole with a Trump flag and has left that flag flying for the last 2 years...I had momentary hope when it started to wear out, but he just replaced it with a newer brighter Trump flag. (edited) 3d
merelybookish Unfortunately many white women believe they benefit enough from white supremacy and patriarchy to keep things as they are. 😕 Have you read Audrey Lorde? She was calling out white women's complicity decades ago. 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish No I haven‘t, but she‘s on my long and ever growing TBR list. Cooper mentions and quotes her a few times in this book as well. And historically I get it, I totally see it, but Trump for me just had such an ick factor, and the competition was so qualified...I find it hard to believe, hence the denial. But hey, the first step is admitting you have a problem and I know I have deep denial there, which means if I know it‘s a problem.🙈 3d
merelybookish @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've been trying to be more aware of my white woman privilege and blindness. It is humbling and uncomfortable. I follow some women of colour on social media and that has been eye-opening, instructive and stinging. 3d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @merelybookish I joined Twitter in the last year and have done the same.... and yes, I know what you mean, this book made me feel similarly. It made personal all the facts I‘ve learned... humanizing the prescriptive even more than just the bare facts. 3d
Weaponxgirl I think with some they are privileged enough to get a certain amount of protection from the consequences and since it doesn‘t effect them then why do they care. I think being aware of the privilege we have being white is so important and something that we can never stop working on as society will bring us up with many blind spots unfortunately. 3d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I don‘t want to steal or downplay the narrative here... but boy I do think the “Good Girl” narrative has done similar things to all women. Respectability over Rage, to our detriment...the consequences for expressing our rage, is of course less dangerous, race compounds that part of the equation by a HUGE factor...but “loud” outspoken women sure get attacked faster than quiet respectful ones, ask any women of any ethnicity on Twitter...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...and maybe that more than anything might make some realize their true voice in this society and expand our circle of comrades of like cause.... one can only hope. 3d
Weaponxgirl I agree! Any woman who stands her ground gets attacked and it‘s even worse for any woman who isn‘t white. 3d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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“-tressed teenager, a girl named Niya Kenny, stood up and yelled, “What the fuck?! What the fuck?! This can‘t happen.”(...) I was praying out loud for the girl.” “

“We cuss out of rage, and we pray that the cussing will be enough to get all the rage out. We curse those who trespass against us, and we pray usually that the rage won‘t win. We curse systems, and we pray for divine help to overcome those very same systems.”

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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“...pockets. That‘s a huge minefield of structurally induced hatred to navigate.”

Angitron I loved this book!! 4d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Angitron So good! I listened to it on audiobook, now I just need to go find all those great quotes I want to post. 4d
JSW I wanted to quote this entire book. 4d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I think after this week, many more white woman may finally be willing to admit that it isn‘t working for us either....at least I hope so.😢

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Although after the Catholic Church scandal I thought the same thing. 4d
ReadosaurusText Brittney Cooper is amazing! 4d
riversong153 I really loved this book! 4d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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This book is so good and so powerful, and this Sandra Bland section so much more hard hitting considering recent revelations and new video. A woman who was on her way to a new start that ended tragically.

kspenmoll Thank you for sharing this. 4d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @kspenmoll You are very welcome! 4d
Suet624 😞 4d
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rmaclean4
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I am so glad that I read this!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m listening to the end of this now and I agree! 4d
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m posting like a hundred things right now but I don‘t have WiFi often here so I have to do all the pics at once! Here‘s the beautiful selection at BookWoman Austin. It gave me life to be surrounded by all these incredible feminist books. I‘ll always remember how I felt in this amazing shop

8little_paws Oohh this shop looks awesome!! 3w
Itchyfeetreader This looks great fitted I never visited when there a few years ago! 3w
jdiehr Since moving to "the country," I take advantage of wifi access whenever I can as well. The struggle is real ? 3w
SW-T It‘s a great store. Glad you were able to fit it in! 3w
Weaponxgirl 😍😍 3w
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JSW
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Stunning in its combination of critical thought and emotional warmth. Reading these essays often left me uncomfortable and sometimes defensive, yet I finished the book feeling invigorated by the self-examination that Dr. Cooper called me to do. Definitely a must read and would be a powerful book group pick. 📚👥❤️

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mhillis
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Current reads: Both #nonfiction #weekendreads
📚The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Empire
📚Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

Last yellow book you read
📚Eloquent Rage

Fave Color
🖤Black

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JSW

So far I‘m two chapters in and want to highlight just about everything. 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Brilliant. #blackwomen #ownvoices #blackauthors #readwomen

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JSW
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Looking forward to the weekend!!!

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suzisteffen
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Some really great things in here, including and perhaps especially the structural analysis with which Cooper greets the girls who bullied her in school, many years later. In general, excellent to read. 💪🏽 to the author. 4⭐️ for sure. #nonfiction #essays

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suzisteffen
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“Maintaining the capacity for joy is critical to the struggle for justice.”

Isn‘t THAT the truth. #EloquentRage #essays 💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽

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“The clarity that comes from rage should also tell us what kind of world we want to see not just what kind of things we want to get rid of.”

YES ma‘am, it sure does. #essays #eloquentrage Just finished this book and will be sharing a few more quotes & then reviewing.

Weaponxgirl Have you seen this book? I‘ve been meaning to read it a while as it‘s about imagining what we do want. 1mo
Weaponxgirl And this one. I have them both and I still haven‘t gotten around to either. 1mo
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suzisteffen
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#REAL. Almost finished with this book, and it‘s got so much good stuff in it. My #essays book for April!

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nvhXesq
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Pickpick

Read it. Then we can discuss.

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suzisteffen
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Brittney Cooper has a word (or actually a lot of words, really great ones - this quote being about Michelle Obama NOT doing her hair for the inauguration of 45).

Emilymdxn Great quote! Love this! 1mo
suzisteffen @Emilymdxn This is one of my fave chapters so far! 1mo
Weaponxgirl I knew you‘d love this! I spent a lot of this book nodding along and learning new stuff 1mo
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl This whole chapter/essay was, so far, the most powerful. I pulled so many more quotes to post! Wish I could comment on a post with an image. 1mo
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Dear book, it‘s not you, it‘s me 😔 my head wasn‘t really in the right place for an audio like this, but when I came to this realization, I was already too far along to bail. Cooper‘s style is engaging, but I found it a bit all over the place at times, which I just didn‘t have the focus to deal with.

Read as a substitute for Rage Becomes Her for #MarchMadnessChallenge

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This book starts exceptionally well (aside from the binary gender assumptions): “This is a book by a grown-ass woman written for other grown-ass women. This is a book for women who expect to be taken seriously and for men who take grown women seriously. This is a book for women who know shit is fucked up.” SING IT, PROFESSOR COOPER. #essays

Weaponxgirl I loved this book! 2mo
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl of COURSE you‘ve read it! Lol. #readingtwins 2mo
Weaponxgirl @suzisteffen 😂 I often feel the same way about what you‘ve read. Should we start submitting each other our reading lists for the month before we start? 2mo
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suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl I actually do have a nonfiction plan for the year! This month I‘ll be listening to The Warmth of Other Suns and reading this (quoted) book of essays. Hmmmm more tk! 2mo
Weaponxgirl 😂😂 I‘m hoping to get to the warmth of other suns this month too! A biography I put a reserve on came in the other day though so I need to get to that first as other people have reserves on it too. Oh and I need to finish Marianna faithfull memoir. I also do a loose plan each month and try to get to certain books in that period. 2mo
suzisteffen @Weaponxgirl Ha! I only read library books in odd months (January, March, May, etc.) so that I‘ll try to make myself read books I already own in the even months. This entails some finagling with library due dates and reservations (and I make exceptions for up to 4 books per month), but generally speaking, it works for me to make those plans. I‘ll post more future plans when I look at my list! #nonfictionspreadsheet 2mo
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suzisteffen
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And this book is my #essays pick for April. (I have a spreadsheet to plan out my #nonfiction reading TBH. 😂 #nerd) Love the author on Twitter and have loved reading her work in Salon over the years, so am super excited to read her book. #kobo #amreading

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shaynarae
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Less books for me this month, but that Brandon Sanderson one was chunky (1000+ pgs).
2 🎧 audio
2 🖥 ebooks
4 📚physical books
Fiction: 5
Nonfiction/essays/memoirs: 3
From my shelf: 1
#monthlywrapup #marchstats

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 2mo
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shaynarae
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Such an awesome collection of essays on black feminism. I loved Cooper‘s writing and her approach and articulation of ideas. And her narration was a joy to listen to. Definitely one I‘d recommend on audio.

Christine Agreed! Loved this audiobook. ❤️ 2mo
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jamicuns
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The history of feminism is fraught with racism and it‘s not a side that is highlighted very often. Cooper‘s book brings it to the forefront does an excellent job of explaining why intersectional feminism is important, necessary. If this is your first book re feminism, racism, patriarchy, white supremacy I would suggest reading something that explains the history of race in America first, for example The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

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🙌🙌🙌🙌 This is gospel.

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Jas16
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Another #blameitonlitsy audiobook and as usual I have to thank you all for putting it on my radar. So good and so thought provoking. I accidentally walked past the streets I was supposed to turn down twice today I was so entranced.

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This book should be essential reading for anyone who identifies as a feminist. Cooper writers with intense clarity about the myriad ways in which mainstream feminism fails to address the unique hardships of Black women. I wish I had had this in college when, as a young woman minoring in Women‘s Studies, I often experienced discomfort and sometimes outright hostility - much of it at the hands of women who professed to be feminists. A must read!

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MicheleinPhilly GREAT review! 3mo
Angitron @TrishB 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 3mo
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enidkeaner
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Brittney Cooper is my spirit animal, for real. This book needs to be read and savored. She drops so much truth.

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You need to read this. I don't really have the right words beyond that. A collection of essays that blend the academic and personal view to such pitch perfection that you will wonder how you've been trying to navigate an intersectional feminist worldview without such a brilliant, humorous, and fantastically human guide. And then you will thank Brittney Cooper and buy her book for your mom, like I did.

readordierachel I just bought a copy of this today! 3mo
everlocalwest @readordierachel I'm excited to read your review!! 3mo
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This book is excellent. 🙏🏼

ReadosaurusText @Sue Agreed! I loved how brave Brittney Cooper was in her willingness to share her experiences so candidly. 4mo
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jetspins24
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Sadly, I am not going to make my full 24 hours. Only a little over 16 hours this weekend. Still, I finished 2 books I was partway through, listened to an entire audiobook, made it 2 hours into another, and read just over 40% of another novel I started, so not too shabby, I say.

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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There's something to be said for getting good and mad. I absolutely loved this book! Eloquent Rage isn't just about being mad but understanding where it all comes from and that stopping the things we're mad about is gonna take time and work and getting to it. It's an addition to the books I feel must be read to understand the intersections part of the term intersections feminist.

Weaponxgirl She had so many bits in the book where I was just pumping the air going yes! The bit about men who talk feminist but then treat the women in their life like crap really resonated with me 4mo
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MissLiteraryAli

Find someone who makes you laugh. Find someone who doesn't allow you to take yourself too seriously. Find someone who brings you joy.

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At what point is it fair to ask men to act like grown human beings?

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I wonder about a world in which you can be kind to everyone but the people who belong to you.

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MissLiteraryAli

Sometimes... it's not that people don't love you, it's that they don't have the same capacity to love as you do. Most people are doing the best they can.

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WellReadCatLady
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#oursharedshelf read for November/December. Can‘t find the latest book at a library near me yet so I am reading all the books for the last months.

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SarahSaysRead
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"Maintaining the capacity for joy is critical to the struggle for justice."

Absolutely powerful and important book. Brittney Cooper focuses on feminism, faith, friendship, and the real-life effects of living in a white patriarchy. The chapter about her father and her parents' relationship was especially moving to me.

#feminism #intersectional

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There is a lot to get out of this book so far, but the chapter about the men & patriarchy really hit me hard. As someone who hasn't spoken to her father in a couple years (but thinks about him, especially near holidays), this quote here just sums up some of those feelings so perfectly.

And there's probably a lot to ponder about toxic masculinity & why my dad is the way he is but I'm shelving those thoughts for now.

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sophierayton
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I liked it. Dr Cooper has a lot of great things to say. As a white British woman I found the scorn towards "white girl tears" a bit hard to swallow, but I appreciate her perspective.

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BlueLinoleum
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New book for my Feminist Theory class! 💕💁🏾‍♀️💅🏾

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2BR02B
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After hearing Rebecca Traister reference her admiration for this book and Cooper 2-3 times, I knew I needed my own copy. Serendipitously, my local indie was selling remaindered copies for half price! 🤘

Branwen So awesome! 😀 7mo
mrozzz Yay!! Enjoy! It‘s excellent. 7mo
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saresmoore
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This WHITE STREAK (I‘m 32 years old, dammit!) is a direct result of all the shit going down with our current administration. And I have it better than many because this streak in my hair happens to match the skin I was born with. (Privilege is stupid.) Misogyny, racism, dichotomizing hatred—they didn‘t start with Trump, but they damn well better end with him. WITH him. I‘m fed up & tired and I‘m gonna go curl up and sleep with my books now.

saresmoore P.S. I tagged this book because it‘s one I want to read and a great example of what‘s already out there. There are many incredible women (and men) who are advocating and making change in the face of so much rising pain and systematic marginalization. I‘m still hopeful, but no less angry. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh, my friend. I hear you! The last year + have been a non-stop cortisol flood. It is exhausting. But, hey a little white/silver/grey isn‘t fatal. ♥️ 8mo
AmyG If I weren‘t already mostly gray...I‘d be in the same boat as you. The times we live in are stressful and exhausting. Just the past few days have really gotten to me. 8mo
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Lindy 💐❤️🍰🍷🛁🎻🌻 8mo
mrozzz 💜💜💜💜 8mo
Samplergal I‘m going to drink to that! It‘s been a week hasn‘t it. 8mo
Bklover 💙💙💙 8mo
sprainedbrain It‘s just exhausting, but we will get through this! 8mo
Tamra Fatigue doesn‘t begin to describe it. 8mo
BarbaraBB 💜 It must be real hard to live in the US sometimes these days. Hide with your books 💜 8mo
JaclynW Agreed! I found my first gray this year too. Dang it! I hope @sprainedbrain is right about us getting through it. 😥😖😒 8mo
rohit-sawant 💜💜 8mo
LauraBeth I‘m at a loss for words these days 8mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Me, too. And not just because I‘m afraid to say anything in mixed company. 8mo
Moray_Reads Ooh, that's not nice on a Sunday! I'm on a bit of a news detox at the moment. Every day is just more of the same. It's not just you either, the right-wing surge is worryingly strong in Europe too. How does this keep happening?! 8mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Two words: baby boom. Thank god for birth control! 8mo
ReadingEnvy My former blond streaks have been turning silver and I'd rather they just got it over with. So tired. 8mo
Susannah All the 👍 on this post. All of them. Thank heavens for Litsy and people of like mind. 8mo
Suet624 I hear you. The pit of despair seemed to grow still deeper last week. 8mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Where is the ladder?! I seem to only have a shovel and a hair shirt in this pit... 8mo
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Grrlbrarian
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Ohhhh, YES. Already loving this book! 🔥🔥🔥

RealBooks4ever Wow! 💜 8mo
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